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Re: Dinosaur reproduction and egg clutch masses
On 08/21/2013 05:11 PM, Ben Creisler wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> Independent of the
> extant model, the estimated dinosaur AEN did not exceed 850 eggs
> (75,000 kg sauropod) for any of the taxa studied. This estimated
> maximum is probably an overestimation due to unrealistic assumptions.
> According to most AEN estimations, the dinosaurs studied laid less
> than 200 eggs per year. Only some AEN estimates obtained for medium to
> large sized sauropods were higher (200-400 eggs). Our results provide
> new (testable) hypotheses, especially for reproductive traits that are
> insufficiently documented or lacking from the fossil record. This
> contributes to the understanding of their evolution.
If I'm to understand this correctly, then we must assume that there was
indeed more parental care than what has been previous hypothesized.